August 15, 2005
Boy this deadline rolls around pretty fast. It has been great to see what everyone has been up to, and I’ve been able to easily go back and read letters whenever the mood strikes me and I’m near a computer. My hearty congratulations go to Chuck and Lorna for helping us so effectively keep a wonderful tradition. We really appreciate the time that it takes to keep us all on-line and on track!
Well, as to what’s going on here: Scott has been traveling an awful lot
again. He has been to
My work has been getting me more and more involved this summer. Me and two of my partners at work are trying to buy a building, rather than signing up for another several year lease on the place we’ve been for 10 years. We’ve been hunting down buildings since March, and have finally found one, made an offer that was accepted, and we’re going through all the procedures that it takes to get it approved. What a big job! The building is about 10,000 ft. sq. and we will use about two-thirds of it; the balance will be used by two other tenants. So, if all goes well, I’ll be a landlord by October. I’ve been busy working on new projects like a DVD showing how to install our product, and a new printed installation manual. I also got Ross roped into helping us with our Catalog—bless his heart! I’m now serving as the Primary Chorister, and we’re busily getting ready for our September 25th program. The kids are so cute…and are enthusiastic about everything we do. I’m teaching them to play “I Will Follow God’s Plan” on the pipe chimes, and they love that. Yesterday, I had Brother Gwilliam come in to visit, and when we started singing, I noticed he had on an ugly tie, so I had him come to the front, and each song the kids sang loudly, I used his tie as a singing thermometer, and cut off a little piece of his tie, bit by bit. The kids thought this was great fun, and all of them wanted a piece of the tie to go show their moms what that crazy Sister Gwilliam was up to. Of course, Scott went to Priesthood with a stub of a tie, and had to explain what happened to him---the Bishop didn’t realize I had provided Scott with the ugly tie, so he was totally freaked out, glad that his brand new tie wasn’t the victim that week. Anyway, we had fun with it.
Jim took summer classes on the internet: Music Theory (which he excelled at and wrote
some amazing tunes), and Psychology (which he also excelled at and now feels
inclined to analyze each one of us). He
just finished finals last week. He’s
also been working in the Neuroprosthetic lab doing his senior project, and designed
a circuitry that will be used to test amputee patients for prosthetic limbs. He’s been dating several different girls
from his singles ward, but none exclusively.
He’s actually also gone out a couple of times with Erin Gardner, who was
Landon just completed private drivers ed. He is now at the point where he needs to drive 40 hours with either Scott or I, and then he is scheduled to take the driving test the first week in September. Hard to believe he’ll be sixteen. Scott let him drive up the windy canyon to scout camp last Thursday. When I asked how he did, Scott said, “I don’t know….I was asleep most of the way.” Hmmmm. Landon has been working for papa all summer, and his place has never looked better—papa and nana are very complimentary about the work he does. Landon took English and P.E. this summer by completing some packets, which was less challenging than last summer’s internet courses. Another year of early morning seminary, and he has almost made up all of his missed year. Landon is scheduled to get his wisdom teeth out tomorrow, so hopefully he’ll be healed in time for school. He is registered to take either 3 or 4 ap classes in his Jr. year, so I think he’ll be a busy young lad. At youth conference, a counselor in our stake presidency and his wife were talking about one of the classes on Joseph Smith, noting that many of the youth at Y.C. were the same age as Joseph when he had the first vision. They were trying to think of any young man in our stake that they felt had the spiritual depth and maturity to receive that type of revelation, and both of them simultaneously said, “Landon Gwilliam!” They both told Scott this story shortly thereafter. It’s a nice compliment to him, isn’t it? Landon and Lauren really gained a great testimony of the Prophet Joseph during youth conference.
Lauren started out her summer by going to EFY, then had
youth conference, which she loved, and then attended girls camp. She and her cousin Hailey were given a
special assignment to teach the ward and stake about our assigned “
Our family went to
We hope everyone is well, and we’re looking forward to the next round of letters. And….I hope Chuck notices that this letter did make it before my midnight deadline.